For the first time, a vacant hotel just out of the Sydney CBD has opened its doors to young people who do not have a roof over their head, ABC News reports.
The Addison Hotel in Kensington was destined to lie dormant for the next year while a development plan awaits approval, but the building owner saw an opportunity to accommodate those on the street.
The hotel will be a place of refuge for people needing crisis accommodation or just a safe place to live and study while they stabilise their circumstances.
Building owner TOGA is providing the 42 fully-furnished rooms, each with their own bathroom and kitchenette, revenue free and hopes other property owners follow suit.
Managing director Allan Vidor said there were many empty buildings across Sydney that could be immediately available to the homeless.
“We had this empty building sitting here and we thought there has got to be something we can do with it that will create some good,” he said.
“No single level of government or service can tackle youth homelessness — innovative solutions must be borne from innovative collaborations between public and private sectors.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to have housing.”
As well as a place to call home, those staying will have their best chance to get back on their feet with free access to food, clothes and laundry facilities.
A ‘take what you need, pay what you can’ supermarket run by OzHarvest has been set up in the lobby and will only stock rescued food.
A clothing rescue service, Thread Together, has also opened next to the hotel and provides brand new clothing to those doing it tough.
Orange Sky Laundry, the world’s first mobile laundry service, will visit The Addison once a week to offer its free services.